Gordon Atkins

Three years ago, I bought an off-grid Cortijo in a small valley in the Andalucian mountains. This move was not really a planned decision to live of-grid, I just fell in love with the tranquil location. Although, perhaps the lifestyle is in my genes as my grandfather and his four brothers were Homesteaders in Alberta Canada in the 1900s. The mountains of Spain are a difficult place to grow many of the flowers that I was used to in the UK. However, veg grows well all year around peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, cucumber, melons and chard all fare well in the Mediterranean climate. Almond trees provide me with a cash crop of around 1 ton whilst still retaining some to make almond milk and flour.

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8 Ways of Preserving Food like the Native Americans

Native Americans – they were the ultimate survivalists. Their lifestyle was such that they made everything that they needed. They were farmers, extraordinarily efficient hunters, and experienced foragers. By October and early November every year, they had harvested most of their cultivated crops. However, the hardest part was preserving the food for the coming winter …

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